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Original Valkyria Chronicles Series Will Continue; Devs Explain Why Valkyria Revolution Is Different

The upcoming JRPG Valkyria Revolution has proven to be quite polarizing among Valkyria Chronicles fans, as it comes with a completely different gameplay and view of the world. Yet, in an interview on the Japanese PlayStation Blog, Director Takeshi Ozawa and Producer Youichi Shimosato promised that they intend to continue the original Valkyria Chronicles series, also explaining why they decided to take a different path with Valkyria Revolution.

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naruga349d ago (Edited 349d ago )

to be honest the new style doesnt excite so much ...there are so many other average JRPgs like it that probably will be lost in the mass ....though i m excited to see the continuation of original VC series..at least the VC1 had that mix of WW 1 atmosphere + its good JRPG qualities that made it completely unique

Chaos_Order349d ago

Glad to hear this. I loved VC 1+2 but I'm just not sold on Revolution. Looks like more of a Musou style game, not my cup of tea. I'd love for them to revisit the original series with its classic gameplay.

Or, you know... you could just localise VC3? Pretty please?

Viryu349d ago

First thing they should do would be to bring VC 2 and VC 3 to something different than PSP, and bring it to the West. After that they could think about VC 4 or whatever.

kalkano349d ago

Let's cut through the crap, and go straight to what should be obvious for all to see:

They thought they could really make the series take off by going action. It failed, as they can see from the lack of excitement. They expect it to sell less than the original series, so they're going back.

Chaos_Order348d ago

I'd say you're half right.

There are many fans (like myself) who don't like the new direction and probably won't buy it, considering how many other great games are coming out in 2017 that warrant our time and money.

There are also fans who genuinely like the new direction and want to play the game, even if it is different from previous games.

Then there are other fans who are buying it because of some idiotic quest to be a "true fan" and support the company that gave them those other games they liked, (you must not be a true fan if you don't, you heathens!) even though they actually don't like the new direction and think it might be a bit crap.

Considering there are plenty of the last one, the game might actually sell pretty well. XD

kalkano348d ago (Edited 348d ago )

I actually agree with you. But, the thing is, there will not be enough new fans to make up for the fans that left. Thus, it will sell less than the original series. Selling "well" is a relative term.

rainslacker348d ago (Edited 348d ago )

wouldn't they have to release first to determine if it failed? A "polarizing" game is hardly indicative of if the game will do well or not.

It's not like the other games light up the sales charts and make it a must have game. It has decent sales, and a strong following.

A spin off is a way to try to bring in new fans....same reason for the remaster.

It's really premature to say that the new game won't bring in new fans. That has more to do with marketing, because apparently, the old way wasn't bringing in new fans either.

So, how would releasing a game in the original style achieve what you're apparently saying they need when it has failed to do so over three games?

This is a cult following series through and through. One that people who play it end up loving. Sega has to find a way to capture people's attention, because the games are solid and fun. Their failure isn't the genre of game play, it's attracting people through marketing. Most of the good stuff about the series is all word of mouth, and none of the games receive much hype outside JRPG specific forums.

kalkano348d ago

You can't answer that yourself? This is a very short series. All fans were new fans with the first game. The last two were on PSP, which speaks for itself. The 3rd game wasn't even localized, not that it would have done that well.

Like it or not, handhelds are a hindrance to the growth of most series'. Especially for series' that began on consoles.

rainslacker348d ago

I agree with that, but the remaster didn't sell like hotcakes either.

Those that love the series, really love it. It has a strong following. but it's not like it's really some go to JRPG like Final Fantasy is.

Keeping it the same wouldn't have achieved what you claim Sega needs to do with the series needed, nor is it going to an action game gaurantee it's failure. I'd imagine it'll probably do about the same as the other games in the series in their respective regions where they were available for different consoles.

You just have this bad habit of proclaiming that things will/have failed with no real data to back up those claims. Anything that doesn't fall into your little paradigm of what is acceptable is/was a failure, and any change is bad.

I'm not that keen on the new game play myself, but I will play it before I say it sucks altogether, and for a game like this, I'm not going to spew stupid hyperbole that it's failure is due to the changes. It's a cult, niche game. It'll probably sell fine. But at least wait for the final sales numbers after release before acting like you are right.

So, tell me....at this point, how can anyone say the new game has succeded or failed, or that the change in genre has somehow affected sales?

So, no, I ask you, can you answer your own question without using the internet hate train to support your argument? Some sort of solid sales numbers to back up your claim.

I've dismantled your argument twice now, now it's time for you to support yours with facts and not your feelings on action RPG's.

kalkano347d ago

"Those that love the series, really love it. It has a strong following. but it's not like it's really some go to JRPG like Final Fantasy is."

I never claimed otherwise.

"Keeping it the same wouldn't have achieved what you claim Sega needs to do with the series needed, nor is it going to an action game gaurantee it's failure."

Keeping it the same genre would have been more successful than changing genres would. You seem to think that making everything an action game will make everything sell better, and that's absurd.

"I'd imagine it'll probably do about the same as the other games in the series in their respective regions where they were available for different consoles."

It's clearly going to do worse, because they've alienated the fan base.

"You just have this bad habit of proclaiming that things will/have failed with no real data to back up those claims. Anything that doesn't fall into your little paradigm of what is acceptable is/was a failure, and any change is bad."

Not at all. There's a clear, cold reception here. I use my eyes and ears. Otherwise, I'd be running around claiming that every single AAA game would fail, because I hate them all.

"So, no, I ask you, can you answer your own question without using the internet hate train to support your argument? Some sort of solid sales numbers to back up your claim."

You want sales numbers before it's released? Uh...what...? Like I said, I use my eyes and ears. Both on the internet, and in general everyday life.

"I've dismantled your argument twice now, now it's time for you to support yours with facts and not your feelings on action RPG's."

ROFL! Sure you have. It's not even about action RPGs. It's about changing genres. You'd get a similarly cold reception if the original series was action, and they changed to Turn-Based. It's about alienating fans who were fans FOR A REASON. It means you, essentially, have to start creating a fan base from scratch. You may as well create a new IP.

rainslacker347d ago

Again, you're speculating with no actual or even anecdotal data to back it up. Where is your data to back up your assumption?

They haven't alienated me. Not yet anyways. They might when I get around to playing it, but it's a spin off game. It's like Capcom alienating their fan base for their Wii Resident Evil spin-offs. No different here. They probably alienated the fan base more by going from PS3 to PSP, but there are still plenty of people who love the series. They may or may not love the new game.

The fact that Sega took some feedback from fans after the beta shows they are trying to make a good game. That's a good thing.

Overall, VC doesn't really get that much hype. Even the remaster was marginal. So why is it so spectacular that there isn't any hype now? I mean, yeah, change something up, and there are always tons of people that complain. But that doesn't always translate to sales or final reception. Sometimes it does. But as I said, you're jumping the gun, and you do it every time some JRPG goes to action, which is why I'm being so adamant about you providing data instead of hyperbole and feels.

And yes, if you're going to claim that a game is a failure before it releases, I want sales numbers. You laugh I ask for them, but can't see the logical fallacy in your own original argument all while you try to cling onto your belief that action games are automatic failures because they aren't exactly what you want.

Just for the record, as a fan of the series, I'm looking forward to the game. I think it's one of Segas shining examples of quality gaming, and I look forward to see where they take the series. I like to keep an open mind though. Maybe you should try it some time instead of hating on a game for years because it happens to be something different than what you want.

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